Mindfulness, Heartfulness, Soulfulness
A HaMakom Day Retreat
Sunday 7 November, 10am-5pm UK time
In-person at the Jewish Vegetarian Society, Golders Green
Online via Zoom
“with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might…when you sit in your home and when you go on the way, when you lie down and when you get up…”
Inspired by the words of the Shema, which enjoin us to practise with our whole heart and soul, on this day retreat we will inquire: what is meditation for? Is it limited to something cerebral? Or, have we made an enemy of what is cerebral? We will explore some of the ways that our ideas about meditation might be broadened, some of the infinite possibilities, whether we are new to it, have been meditating for decades, or anything in between. What may open is a sense of the great range of our choices, and our capacity to make meditation practice suitable and appropriate for the details and the various dimensions of our own lives, whatever they may be, and however they evolve.
The day will include periods of meditation, chanting and teaching, as well as opportunities to share and connect with each other. It will be led by Zac Newman and other members of the HaMakom faculty. We are delighted that Maxine Levy will be joining us to offer some yoga, too; as with every aspect of the retreat, it will be gentle and optional, and adaptable according to your body and your needs. No prior experience of meditation, yoga or anything else is assumed or required in order to participate.
Our in-person venue is: Jewish Vegetarian Society, 855 Finchley Rd, London NW11 8LX
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Meditation retreats can be beautiful and powerful journeys of healing and transformation. However, due to the intensity of the experience, they are not necessarily safe and appropriate for everyone at all times. We therefore ask potential participants to be aware of the following: If you have suffered an episode of mania in the last six months this retreat is not safe and appropriate for you. Please do join us on retreat when there has been more than six months since your last episode of mania. If you have ever received a diagnosis of psychosis, intensive meditation retreat is not safe and appropriate for you.
If you have a history of trauma or serious mental health challenges, retreat may be appropriate and beneficial for you. It is important that you are in touch with us in advance so that we can ensure this retreat will be supportive for you. We want to make retreat as welcoming as possible, and we look forward to hearing from you.